There are many ways to make a wire bead.
This is how I do it,
it's very easy to do.
Here's what you need.
Wire (I like 20gauge the best.)
a mandrel of some sort
(I used a steel chopstick, but I also use knitting needles for mandrels.)
and one thing not shown
a small file
Cut about 18 inches of wire.
Begin to wrap the wire around the mandrel about 5 times for a smaller bead.
If you want to make a larger bead, cut a longer length of wire and wrap it more times around the mandrel.
Squeeze the end flat on the mandrel.
To secure the wire, make a loop and thread the wire into the loop.
Using your pliers, pull the wire through the loop.
Begin to wrap the wire around your base, and, at times, secure the wire by pulling it through a loop you make on the bead.
As you finish your bead, make sure to tuck the excess wire into the bead. Feel around the bead for sharp edges. Use your file to take care of the sharp edges.
Here's the completed bead.
Here's the bead hole. You can make the bead hole smaller by using a smaller mandrel.
All of these beads are made with 20 gauge wire.
My favorite craft wire is Para Wire. It is excellent wire.
In this photo, I also used copper, brass and dark annealed wire.
See what I mean?